We teach beginners how to create web and mobile applications.
Code Chicago is a series of hands-on, 10-12 week mobile and web programming and design courses held at the innovation center, BLUE1647, where every participant will work with one another and join in the spirit of collaboration and learning. It is this aspect of education that we trust would resonate most with our students — and that with an open atmosphere where no question is off limits, we see interesting and inspiring thinking about how to embrace the openness of the web and mobile platform as an opportunity palette — and to really push what might seem conventionally possible with a web browser, and a mobile device having an internet connection. Our sessions are relaxed, and our students in attendance leave being able to approach problems from multiple perspectives and skill-sets — not accepting simple technical limitations as barriers to executing on a vision. At the end of a course, students will have a strong understanding on logic and basic programming syntax and structure as well as will have designed, implemented, and deployed functional web or mobile applications. The courses are structured to emphasize group collaboration, which is at the very heart of most modern project developments. It’s not only about Ruby on Rails, Android and iOS programming, it’s also about learning to think critically to solve problems and develop team-building skills, which will be invaluable in your future workplace. Our goal is to familiarize you with the intricacies of these programming platforms, while at the same time, fostering inspirational thinking, which will create future opportunities for you. Code Chicago is not stodgy or static; we are seeking to actively push the boundaries in new and unexpected ways, and we want you to participate. We teach beginners how to create web, and mobile applications.
City of Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel
"I congratulate the founders of Blue1647 on an innovative, exciting venture. The technology sector in Chicago is a growing, crucial area that will have an enormous impact on the City's economy in the future. I am pleased that organizations like Blue1647 are focused on improving the diversity of the sector and ensuring that as our economy grows it reflects the diversity and vibrancy of the city's people."
Our Code Chicago curriculum was designed by industry practitioners within the tech community. We don’t use conventional letter grading – just results.
Start Date: Current cohorts in session (Spring dates TBA) (Mondays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm) Price: $2,000 (Apply) | Discounts Available Designed for beginners, this course will teach you how to develop applications for the Android, iOS, Windows mobile etc). This 12-week training class is 70% hands-on, 30% lecture and you do not need to own a Mobile device to take this course. You will build foundational front-end coding skills, coupled with back-end development, and create mobile applications from scratch, developing a digital portfolio. We will ensure that our participants excel in developing cross browser applications targeting both desktop and mobile clients via responsive design. Whether you've never written code or have only dabbled, this course will introduce you to the power of programming through hands-on coding, with powerful frameworks & assignments. Concluding this course you will be a self-stater and obtain the basic knowledge base in order to create a mobile app. fully immerse yourself in web development using Students in this class should expect to spend 8-15 hours outside of class each week doing homework & practicing the skills taught during class. Students can work in pairs, teams, or solo for homework. All students should approach learning to code while simultaneously resolving to form good practice habits. A good habit is something that you practice in regularly (e.g. daily (best), weekly). A good habit isn’t something that you intend to do. Learning to code requires commitment. BYOL: Bring your own laptop. (Apply)
Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis.
We're focused on increasing the diversity of thought in tech, and do our best to help make this affordable for everyone, so we're including tuition discounts on the program.
We're devoted toward helping to develop relevant coding skills while lowering financial barriers for those wanting relevant in-person instruction. In addition to providing talented individuals with technical guidance, you qualify for a $500 scholarship if you're female, a veteran of the U.S. Military, or from an ethnic minority group underrepresented in the software engineering field (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander). We hope this will enlarge the market of people that can affect change and solve problems in our communities, but also come out with cool apps that solve everyday problems for everyone. If you're an individual or organization who would be willing to sponsor a student's tuition, feel free to contact us below. We consistently have an impressive batch that can benefit from being in the program, and some have requested a scholarship.
Teachers from industry, mentors, and curriculum architects.
Work in teams with other students like you in a collaborative coworking space!
Students receive (or get to): 1. Free co-working space at BLUE1647, and access to our events during their enrollment. 2. Additional help from our members that are entrepreneurs and developers. 3. Participate in “Hackathons”. 4. Develop personal relationships with our partner organizations. 5. Direct interaction from on-site instructors. What our students have said "I appreciate the generosity, flexibility and all the richness that connecting to Code Chicago & BLUE1647 has brought to my life." - Diana K. I signed up for HTML5/CSS/JS for mobile development with outdated and very little programming knowledge. This class was amazing -- beyond what I could have anticipated! Our instructor, Kenneth Watkins, is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and will patiently answer any questions you have. He walks through any issues you have. The class was fun and even though it was summer, I looked forward to class! I learned so much. The environment at BLUE|1647 is positive and a nurturing one. Everyone there wants the students to learn and succeed, and they want to help. The class was well worth my time and money, and I hope to take another one at Blue1647." - Gwen P. "Blue1647 has such a special vibe that you cannot find elsewhere. I love coming and working/learning here!". "This was a great class. I loved every bit of it and it's all because of the instructors. Josh, Pete, Christian and team were awesome!"
Take your ideas, and launch products.
A glimpse of some of the public products our students built and cofounded.
Where to find Us.
1647 S. Blue Island Ave. Chicago IL. 60608 (1st floor).
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